“Repossessions on the rise” - City Residential by xiangpeng


									            “Repossessions on the rise”
                          QUARTER 1

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                                  Market Summary

   • Prices down -0.96% on quarter and -5.55% on year.
   • Higher level of repossessions coming to market
   • Continued concern over certain blocks being affected by higher level of repossessions
   • Sales activity remains steady but slow on run up to Easter.
   • Good equilibrium of supply and demand
   • Demand from tenants continues to remain strong
   • Renewals continue to increase as tenants worry over future stock shortages.
   • Rental yields continuing to edge upwards.

Population Analysis
  • Population numbers increase with completion of more apartments.

Sales and Completions Analysis
   • Completions down again and close to all time lows.

Student Market
   • Substantial increase in new “pod” developments
   • Strong level of investment in student sector

Finance & Mortgage
   • Overall interest rates rises with increase in wholesale costs
   • Interest only mortgages under attack from lenders looking to lessen risk
   • Buy to Let funding still tough preventing more investment

Auction Results
  • Minimal activity in quarter dominated by larger properties for conversion/refurbishment

Liverpool Development Update
   • New launch of apartments at The Albany.

Future Schemes
   • Stanley Dock redevelopment proposals announced
   • Former Windsor L1 site to be redeveloped by Neptune with mixed use scheme
   • Liverpool Waters gets planning but worries mount over public enquiry
                                                   Facts and Figures
                                            AVERAGE PRICES
                                 SALES City Centre
                  Apartment                    Size              Average Price             % Change            % Change
                     Type                   (Square ft)                                    3 Months            12 Months
                    1 Bed                      550                    £89,000               -1.66%               -8.90%
                    2 Bed                      625                   £110,100               -0.90%               -5.41%
                 2 Bed 2 Bath                  725                   £122,800               -0.32%               -3.76%
                 2 Bed Duplex                  900                   £144,500               -0.69%               -5.25%
               2 Bed Penthouse                 1200                  £206,000               -2.37%              -12.08%
                   Average                                           £134,480               -1.19%               -7.08%
                                    SALES Docklands
                  Apartment                    Size              Average Price             % Change            % Change
                     Type                   (Square ft)                                    3 Months            12 Months
                    1 Bed                      550                   £105,000               -0.94%               -4.72%
                    2 Bed                      625                   £131,000               -1.13%               -3.18%
                 2 Bed 2 Bath                  725                   £148,700                0.00%               -3.13%
                 2 Bed Duplex                  900                   £178,000                0.00%               -2.73%
               2 Bed Penthouse                 1200                  £251,000               -1.57%               -6.34%
                   Average                                           £162,740               -0.73%               -4.02%
            Figures include parking where available

                                  LETTINGS City Centre
                  Apartment                    Size                  Average               % Change            % Change
                     Type                   (Square ft)               Rental               3 Months            12 Months
                    1 Bed                      550                     £555                  0.54%               2.02%
                    2 Bed                      625                     £634                  0.00%               2.59%
                 2 Bed 2 Bath                  725                     £687                  0.00%               1.18%
                 2 Bed Duplex                  900                     £733                  0.14%               1.38%
               2 Bed Penthouse                 1200                   £1,055                 0.00%               0.48%
                   Average                                             £733                  0.14%               1.53%
                                  LETTINGS Docklands
                  Apartment                    Size                  Average               % Change            % Change
                     Type                   (Square ft)               Rental               3 Months            12 Months
                    1 Bed                      550                     £549                  0.00%               1.29%
                    2 Bed                      625                     £612                  0.33%               2.51%
                 2 Bed 2 Bath                  725                     £658                  0.15%               1.54%
                 2 Bed Duplex                  900                     £713                  0.00%               0.99%
               2 Bed Penthouse                 1200                   £1,030                 0.49%               -1.90%
                   Average                                             £712                  0.19%               0.89%
            Figures assume parking where available and furnished to a decent standard
                                            Liverpool City Centre Averages
                   Apartment                 % Change               % Change
                     Type                    3 Months               12 Months
                     Sales                    -0.96%                  -5.55%
                    Lettings                   0.16%                   1.21%
The sales figures are based upon a sample of apartments in the city/docklands and the prices that would be achieved in today’s market
conditions. They are not based on completed sales as the sample size would to be too low and could well result in wild variations in price.
The lettings figures are based upon market evidence. For each location a sample of 5 developments is used ranging from luxury to basic.
                                    Residential Sales

The first quarter of any year tends to set the tone for the rest of the year and if the first 3
months are anything to go by 2012 will be another challenging year! Again we must reiterate
that with such low transaction levels it is very difficult to read anything into our figures (-0.96%
drop for the quarter) and that posted by Nationwide and Lloyds/Halifax (-0.1% and -1.5%).
This continued drift down in prices may well continue unless there is a pick up in
activity/transaction levels which can only come from better funding availability.

Firstly the negatives. We briefly highlighted in our last report an increase in repossessions
that we had seen in the city. Whilst we expected to see this momentum continue during 2012
we have been a little surprised by the number of apartments that have been brought forward
in the quarter. Although there are a couple of large repossession portfolios that have come to
the market there also appears to be more lenders looking to offload non/under performing
assets. A lot of Irish clients who have bought in the city over the last 10 years are also coming
under pressure from both Irish and UK lenders to refinance their portfolios; something we
know is very difficult to do in this market.

Although there is strong interest levels in the city from investors (mainly due to rising yields
and strong rents) we can not afford to see a much higher level of repossessions flood the
market as this will no doubt destabilize the reasonably good level of supply and demand.
Interestingly whilst investors are still struggling to raise suitable levels of funding other buyers
are continuing to take up some of the slack. We are continuing to see cash rich parents
buying city centre apartments for their sons/daughters studying at university rather than allow
them to pay rents over to another landlord! Certainly with savings rates continuing to offer a
poor (and negative in real terms) return you can understand the logic behind this. First time
buyers are also appearing but they are still a rare item in a market where they should be
buying practically every property under £100,000 (which they would be if there were
genuinely good levels of mortgage funding available).

We highlighted last quarter that activity levels in December/January had surprised us and
indeed had actually got us a little excited that maybe we had seen the bottom of the market.
Unfortunately these interest levels dropped a little towards the end of the quarter on the run
up to Easter and are now back to where they were during autumn 2011. We still believe that
the market is unlikely to fall much further but will “drift” along the bottom until a catalyst for
improvement appears.

So will 2012 be the year of the repossession? It’s probably a little too early to say and is
definitely not what the market needs right now. There is no doubt some of the banks are
definitely “shaking the tree” and will no doubt increase supply but lets hope that it does not
create a momentum that other banks/lenders feel obliged to follow.

                                 Residential Lettings

Whilst it has been an “interesting” three months in the sales market the lettings market has
performed very much as expected. The busy 3rd and 4th quarters are always followed by a
steady 1st quarter where there is very little movement/churn by tenants who have signed at
least 6 month tenancies, that do not begin expiring until April/May. With little new build
product or previously unoccupied schemes coming to the market the supply of apartments
has reached a plateau for now which is helping.

We have highlighted in previous reports that an ever increasing majority of tenants are
renewing their existing tenancies rather than letting their property go and searching for a new
place to live. Apart from the obvious benefit of this to both landlord and tenant there is a
continued fear among tenants that they will struggle to achieve a similar property to what they
have, at or around the same price. Whilst we had a period where many landlords were
looking to increase the rents in these circumstances most landlords appear to have accepted
the view that keeping an existing good paying tenant at the same rental with no void is better
than trying to aggressively push rents and risk losing a good tenant.

With many tenants now residing in properties for a lot longer than they were previously (the
11 month average is increasing all the time) their expectation on standards that the landlord
will deliver is also increasing. Whilst previously they may have seen their apartment as a
place to live for 6 months many are now viewing their apartment as their home and expecting
their landlord to maintain the standards as they would. Obviously this is only fair and
reasonable with all good landlords maintaining their properties in the highest possible order.
There is no doubt however that the expectations of tenants are increasing all the time which
will not only put pressure on the poorer landlords but landlords in general.

A slightly worrying issue that may affect the market is the likely increase in repossessions we
discussed in sales. With the majority of the mortgagees facing repossession being active
landlords there is a risk to tenants of losing their home. We have already seen a few isolated
cases of this happening where the lender has required vacant possession irrespective of any
AST in place.

The last quarter has also seen the expansion of EPC Legislation for the lettings and sales
market whereby the level of detail contained in an energy performance certificate has now
become more demanding and intensive. Whilst it will not have a huge affect on the market it
will continue to encourage letting agents to ensure that they comply with legislation and in
theory offer potential tenants a more informed view on properties energy performance before
any viewing.
                                Population Analysis
City centre population continues to increase with completion of more units at schemes
       such as Mann Island and further completed student pod/room schemes.

City Centre Core: This area is what is considered to be the actual city centre by Liverpool
Vision/Liverpool City Council and is enclosed by the Mersey to the west, Upper Parliament
Street to the south, Grove St/Low Hill to the east and Islington/Leeds St to the North.

                                           ALL AREAS
                          Number of Properties Built (all areas)         13,944
                       Number of OWNER OCCUPIED Properties               5,142
                            Number of TENANTED Properties                 7,028
                             Number of VACANT Properties                  1,274
                                      VACANCY Rate                         9%
                     Number of Properties UNDER CONSTRUCTION               376
                Number of STUDENTS (living in non PURPOSE BUILT units)   3,068
                  Number of STUDENTS (living in PURPOSE BUILT units)     10,866
                 Number of Units let to SERVICED APARTMENT operators       500
                         Total Number of City Centre Residents           32,502

City/Docklands Living: The area detailed above are but also includes areas which we
consider to be part of city living namely south docklands (City Quay, South Ferry Quay etc)
and those developments adjoining the roads named above ( for example The Reach, The
Quarter, The Collegiate, Gloucester Place etc).

                                        CITY CENTRE CORE
                     Number of built PROPERTIES (city centre core)       11,480
                       Number of OWNER OCCUPIED properties               3,875
                            Number of TENANTED properties                 6,069
                             Number of VACANT Properties                 1,036
                                      VACANCY Rate                        13%
                     Number of Properties UNDER CONSTRUCTION               376
                 Number STUDENTS (living in non PURPOSE BUILT units)      2,526
                   Number STUDENTS (living in PURPOSE BUILT units)        8,779
                 Number of Units let to SERVICED APARTMENT operators       500
                         Total Number of City Centre Residents           26,656
                           Sales and Completions Analysis
                                     (Information to 3rd Feb 2012)

This section shows the number of legal completions registered
  with land registry in both the last 3 months and 12 months

                                 Last 3 Months
                        Postcode        No of Completions
                           L1             10 properties
                           L2              2 properties
                           L3             37 properties

                                 Last 12 months
                        Postcode        No of Completions
                           L1              39 properties
                           L2               6 properties
                           L3             230 properties

                                    Last 3 Months
    Postcodes               Completions      Total Stock                               As % of stock
    L1, L2, L3                 49 (-5)          11,480                                    0.42%
                              (Compared to last quarter)

                                  Last 12 months
    Postcodes               Completions    Total Stock                                 As % of stock
    L1, L2, L3                 275           11,480                                       2.39%

  The information above is taken from www.nethouseprices.com and whilst is accurately recorded may not
actually represent all of the properties that have been registered during the quarter. The actual figure may be
    higher than that shown as some sales (repossessions etc) are not always shown on Land Registry.
                                       Student Market
                                         Student Numbers
                                        The facts and figures

University and student figures:

                                                Post      Under
            UNIVERSITY/TYPE                     Grad       Grad       Full Time   Part Time    Total
The University of Liverpool                    3,995      16,595       16,340       4,250     20,590
Liverpool John Moores University               4,860      21,000       18,650       7,205     25,855
Liverpool Hope University                      1,830       5,575        5,265       2,135     7,400
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts      55         665          665          55        720
            TOTAL STUDENTS                     10,740     43,835       40,920      13,645     54,565

Student bed numbers:

                         Number of Student Beds (Large schemes)
             Student Beds Built                                    11,260
             Core City Centre                                      9,097
             Non Core City Centre                                  2,163
             Under Construction                                    1,397
             Planning Approved                                     1,504
             Proposed/Rumoured/In planning                         1,864
                            TOTALS                              16,025

General Market

The interest in the student sector continues to grow with investors attracted by one of the few
property sectors that still appears to be offering growth in addition to attractive yields. In
Liverpool there has been a rush of new proposals concentrating on the student pod/room sale
structure whereby rooms are sold to investors attracted by the high yields (up to 10%) and
lower capital values (sub £50k). Penlake/Middle England are the main driving force behind
the majority of these schemes with other developers/landowners looking to capitalise on the
interest being shown.

Although September still seems a long way away the universities appear to be confident that
student numbers are holding up very well which, given the concerns over student fees, is very
good news. Whilst it will be interesting to compare the demand with other cities there is no
doubt the attractions of Liverpool as a great place to study is continuing to have a positive

University of Liverpool are continuing to look for more bed spaces in the city centre a lot of
which will be driven by the ever increasing number of overseas students that are choosing the
UK, and more importantly Liverpool, for the university studies.
      Vine Court, Chatham Street/Myrtle Street, Liverpool –University of Liverpool
                                 Under Construction

                                               Liverpool University’s new building on the
                                               corner of Crown St/West Derby St will
                                               accommodate 710 students in one of the most
                                               eco friendly student schemes being built. The
                                               development, costing £45million, will offer all
                                               ensuite rooms in predominately cluster rooms
                                               with a small number of studio and 2 bedroom
                                               rooms. The West block will be offered as
                                               catered (and conference venue in Summer)
                                               and the East block as self catered. The
                                               scheme is being built by Ocon Construction
                                               and will be complete for the start of the
                                               2012/2013 academic year.

            Alexandra Terrace, Hatton Garden, L3 – Middle England/Penlake

Situated adjacent to Downing’s Eden Square
development the proposed redevelopment of
the former fire station is now nearly finished in
plenty of time for the coming September 2012
academic year.

The scheme offers a total of 98 ensuite rooms
together with an on site gym, communal
lounges and kitchens, media centre, laundry
facilities and management office. Prices ranged
between £43k to £48k and were sold with the
benefit of a 10% net yield for the first year.

           St Andrews Church, Rodney Street, L1 – Middle England/Penlake

                                               Originally built in 1823 the former Grade 2
                                               listed St Andrews Church on Rodney Street
                                               was a controversial choice for a student
                                               scheme but has helped rescue a site that had
                                               lain empty since 1976 and suffered bad fire
                                               damage in 1984.

                                               The redevelopment comprises a total 100
                                               student rooms, all ensuite, which have been
                                               sold for £48k each and again with the benefit
                                               of a 10% net yield for the first year. The
                                               development will be complete for the start of
                                               the Spetmebr 2012 academic year.
               Maple House/Arts School, Myrtle Street, L7 – Urban Sleep

                                             The redevelopment of the former LJMU Arts
                                             building on the corner of Myrtle Street also
                                             includes an adjoining new build structure. This
                                             well located building is situated in the heart of
                                             the university district.

                                             Developed and run by upmarket boutique
                                             student operator Urban Sleep the scheme will
                                             offer a total of 228 rooms and will be completed
                                             in time for the start of the 2012 academic year.
                                             All rooms are ensuite with rents starting at £99
                                             per week.

                 Kent Street/Grenville Street South, Liverpool, L3 - Iliad

Planning has now been received for Iliad’s 262
bedroom scheme on the corner of Kent
Street/Grenville Street South. The designs by
Manchester-based Formroom Architects for the
new building also include 36 individual studios
which include their own kitchen.

There will also be on site management facilities,
28 under-croft parking spaces and communal
student facilities such as a common room and
launderette. The scheme will be run by
Cosmopolitan and is expected to be completed
ready for the start of the 2013 academic year.

                     Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 – Parkmoor Group

                                             After the completion of the Windsor Court
                                             scheme on London Road, Parkmoor are
                                             pushing on with their next scheme a little
                                             further up the road at Prescot Street, nearly
                                             opposite the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

                                             The development will comprise a total of 49
                                             rooms in a 5/6 storey building and will be
                                             completed for the start of the academic year in
                                             September 2012.
                               Recently Completed
         Chatham Lodge, 140 Chatham Street, Liverpool, L7 7BA – Urban Sleep

                                                    Targeting the post graduate market in
                                                    Liverpool this attractive new build scheme is
                                                    located in a particularly convenient position
                                                    opposite Liverpool University on the corner
                                                    of Chatham Street/Myrtle Street.

                                                    The development comprises a total of 50
                                                    ensuite rooms in clusters of 1, 2, 3 and 4
                                                    bedrooms with rates from £99 for a classic
                                                    ensuite (51 week) through to £130 for a
                                                    studio (51 week)

                  Windsor Court, 118/128 London Road, L3 - Parkmoor

Located close to the universities on London
Road this new build scheme from Parkmoor
has delivered over 100 studios and 2 bed
apartments at the upper end of the market. The
development was completed in September

Rents start from £160 per week which, whilst at
the upper end of the pricing for the city, offers
the choice of a double share arrangement with
single beds available. Broadband, TV license
and bills are all included.
                     Oldham Street, Liverpool, L1 - Tara House Ltd

The proposals for the former BCP car park on
Oldham Street comprise two hotels (a three star
and a budget hotel) with 270 rooms in total and
113 post graduate student rooms. Designed by
Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall, the
development also includes a basement car park
with 247 spaces available on either a long or
short stay basis. There is the possibility of an
increase in the number of student rooms.
Enabling works have started on site with
completion for the scheme anticipated in early

               The Paper Mill, Henry Street, L3 - Middle England/Penlake

                                          The next development in the Penlake/Middle
                                          England portfolio comprises the conversion of the
                                          former paper mill on Henry Street in Ropewalks
                                          into 99 ensuite student rooms. Located close to
                                          Liverpool One the rooms are being sold at
                                          £48,000 each offering a guaranteed first year net
                                          yield of 10%.

                                          The development, like many of Penlake’s
                                          schemes, will offer communal kitchens/lounges,
                                          on site gym and laundry facilities as standard.
                                                                Finance & Mortgage
                                                                      (As at 16th April 2012)

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Another quarter goes by and unsurprisingly the finance and mortgage market continues to
offer little respite for anybody requiring finance to buy property. With wholesale rates up and
down, lenders raising the Standard Variable Rates and interest only mortgages looking like a
thing of the past potential buyers, home owners and landlords are not amused!
 The list of available mortgage offers detailed below is purely intended as a guide and is sourced from Moneyfacts. It is not intended to be a
         “best buy” table or offer advice it simply highlights some of the mortgage deals that were available on the date shown above.

                                                                  Normal Mortgages
                                                               (Buying and remortgaging)
      Type                          Rate                    Period          Fee       Max LTV                                                        Lender
     Variable                      2.69%                      Term           £0          60%                                                          HSBC
     Variable                      2.99%                      Term         £499          75%                                                       First Direct
      Fixed                        2.79%                     2 Year        £699          75%                                                     Cumberland BS
      Fixed                        3.09%                     2 Year        £295          75%                                                     Norwich & Peter
      Fixed                        3.09%                     3 Year        £295          75%                                                     Norwich & Peter
      Fixed                        3.29%                     3 Year        £495          75%                                                        Yorkshire
      Fixed                        3.69%                     5 Year        £995          75%                                                          Leek
      Fixed                        4.40%                     5 Year          £0          85%                                                         Hanley
      Fixed                        4.79%                    10 Year        £999          75%                                                        Yorkshire

                                                              Buy to Let Mortgages
      Type                          Rate                     Period                        Fee                    Max LTV                          Lender
     Variable                      3.59%                     2 Year                        £999                    60%                           Principality
     Variable                      3.89%                     2 Year                       £1999                    75%                           Nottingham
     Variable                      3.88%                      Term                        £1895                    75%                          Bank of China
     Variable                      4.15%                      Term                         £895                    70%                        Market Harborough
      Fixed                        3.79%                     2 Year                       £1999                    60%                           Nottingham
      Fixed                        3.99%                     2 Year                       £1999                    65%                            Coventry
      Fixed                        4.39%                     3 Year                       £1499                    65%                            Leeds BS
      Fixed                        4.99%                     5 Year                       £1249                    65%                            Coventry

                                              Source: Moneyfacts (www.moneyfacts.co.uk)
YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE. Written quotations are available from individual lenders. Loans are subject to
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adviser before undertaking any borrowing.
                                                                  Auction Results
   Listed below are the auction results for properties (apartments) sold in the quarter in the main city centre postcodes (L1, L2 and L3)
   or close periphery - city centre side of (L5, L6, L7 and L8)

                 Address                      Auctioneer        Date       GUIDE £       SOLD £        FLOOR    Beds Baths Park            Ant Rental*    Yield
    30 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX         Sutton Kersh   03/04/2012                 £325,000               House in need of refurbishment              N/A
   25 Pilgrim Street, Liverpool, L1 9HB       Sutton Kersh   03/04/2012                 £325,000           Student multi let property         £2,625      9.69%
 50 Huskisson Street, Liverpool, L8 7LR       Sutton Kersh   03/04/2012                 £210,000           House in 6 apartments for refurbishment         N/A
503 Beetham Plaza, 25 The Strand, L2 0XJ      Barn Marcus    06/02/2012    £135,000    SOLD POST         5th       2         2      Yes        £650        N/A

              25 Pilgrim Street                                      30 Hope Street                                    50 Huskisson Street

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                        Liverpool Development Update
                              UNDER CONSTRUCTION/
                  Mann Island, The Strand, L3 – Countryside/Neptune

Completions of the residential apartments are
now well advanced with a good mix of owner
occupiers and tenants taking residence. The
atrium between the two buildings is now
complete as is much of the public realm works
surrounding the site and down to the canal.

The two blocks have been named Longitude and
Latitude and Countryside have recently
introduced a shared equity scheme which has
lowered the entry price. Interest remains strong
and sales continue to be steady. Work is now
well advanced on the pre sold commercial
element of the scheme.
             The Quarter, Sefton Street, L8 – Development in administration.

                                                 This large mixed use scheme is located on the
                                                 edge of the city centre core at the junction of
                                                 Parliament Street/Sefton Street and is an
                                                 important strategic scheme for the city.

                                                 With phase 1 of the scheme now complete the
                                                 development is now almost 100% occupied
                                                 with a mixture of sales and lettings. The
                                                 development      has     now      fallen   into
                                                 administration and is likely to be sold; hence
                                                 future phases remain uncertain until a sale to
                                                 a new owner is completed.

                       Kings Waterfront, Kings Dock, L3 – Artisan

The development had originally stalled due to
the credit crunch/poor market. The developer
has now completed the apartments. The
scheme benefits from a good range of 1 & 2
bed apartments and its close proximity to the
Arena and Albert Dock.

The apartments were originally offered to the
rental market with one of the blocks being run
as a serviced apartment operation but the
majority of the apartments are now included in
the serviced element, trading under the name
“The Block”.
                       Moss Street, L6 – Developer in Administration

Located close to the university/hospital this
development was another hit by the credit
crunch when the developer quickly fell into
administration. The scheme is now finished.

Moss Street offered 36 large 2 bed (mostly with
2 bathrooms) and was sold onto the open
market (with prices from £101,950). All of the
apartments are now sold to a mix of owner
occupiers and landlords. Its location close to the
hospital/university also appealed to key workers
and students.

                        Kings Dock Mill, Hurst Street – LAG Prichard

                                               With the hotel element (as a new Hampton by
                                               Hilton) now open the scheme is helping to
                                               breathe life into this regeneration area of Baltic
                                               Triangle and highlighting the convenience of the
                                               location midway between Liverpool One and
                                               Albert Dock/The Arena.

                                               Approximately one third of the scheme has now
                                               been completed to purchasers (predominately
                                               investors) and over 100 either exchanged or let
                                               with the remaining units available for either sale
                                               or let. Planning has now been obtained for the
                                               next phase.

             Hamilton House, Pall Mall, L3 – Development in Administration

Located opposite the proposed new business
district of Liverpool on Pall Mall this recently
completed scheme comprises a total of 129

Hamilton House was another scheme
affected by the collapse of the contractor;
and has now fallen into administration. The
apartments sold have been bought by a
mixture of owner occupiers and investors.
The remainder of the apartments are now
being sold (by the administrator) and let onto
the open market.
                                MAJOR SCHEMES
                             RECENTLY COMPLETED
      Alexandra Tower, Princes Dock, L3 – Millennium Estates (in administration)

                                                  The scheme which was developed by
                                                  Millennium Estates went into administration in
                                                  late 2008. It has subsequently been brought
                                                  back to the lettings market offering a range of
                                                  1 and 2 bed apartments with stunning views
                                                  out across the river and back in towards the
                                                  city centre. The building also offers adjoining
                                                  car parking in a car stacker.

                                                  The scheme has proved extremely successful
                                                  with tenants looking for a quality scheme and a
                                                  good choice of apartments with the building
                                                  now let at close to full occupancy.

                One Park West, Liverpool One – Grosvenor Developments

Having formally opened in 2009 One Park
West, Grosvenor's flagship residential
building is located in a prime location
adjoining Liverpool One, with many of the
apartments affording views across the newly
created park or to the west over the river.

310 out of the 326 apartments in the scheme
have sold or let on and has helped relieve
some of the tight supply in the lettings market
with a range of studio, 1 and 2 bed
apartments available to rent. Demand
remains positive for both lettings and sales.

                       The Albany, Old Hall Street, L3 – Infinity/53N

                                             One of Liverpool’s finest buildings The Albany
                                             originally suffered with the administration of the
                                             developer and a dispute with the contractor. The
                                             new buyer made a substantial investment in the
                                             building and was rewarded by a strong rental
                                             demand with rising rents and minimal voids.

                                             There has been strong demand from both owner
                                             occupiers and investors who have snapped up
                                             the limited release of apartments for sale. A
                                             future phase of Courtyard apartments fronting
                                             directly onto the stunning central courtyard will
                                             continue to enhance The Albany’s growing
                                             reputation as one of the best in the city.
                 Hilton Hotel Apartments, Liverpool One – Ability Group

The stunning new Hilton Hotel at
Liverpool One opened its doors in
November 2009 and has already further
enhanced Liverpool’s hotel offering. The
building also boasts 47 apartments
(mixture of 1 and 2 beds) on its upper
floors with panoramic views over the
development towards the city/river.

The scheme was released for let late last
year with asking prices around £700 for a
1 bed apartment and £900 for a 2 bed
apartment and is now nearly full.

West Tower, Brook Street, Liverpool, L3 – West Tower/Maplefield (in Administration)

                                               West Tower is Liverpool’s tallest building and
                                               18th tallest in the UK. It was Beetham’s second
                                               tower in the city. Unfortunately the scheme
                                               became another victim of the property crash
                                               falling into administration in February 2011
                                               after its owners had failed to sell the majority of
                                               the apartments.

                                               After issues with “oversailing rights” were
                                               resolved with Liverpool City Council in late
                                               2011 the development could them be sold and
                                               was placed on the market in April 2012 for
                                               £12.5million to include 106 of the apartments.

                St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 – English Cities Fund

This 50 unit scheme is located in the heart of
the new business district of Liverpool; St Paul’s
Square and comprises a mix of 1 and 2 bed
units spread across 10 floors. The development
benefits from having adjoining car parking in
the St Paul’s Square multistory car park.

The scheme which initially struggled to sell was
transformed by the introduction of the Homebuy
Direct scheme resulting in most of the
remaining units being sold. The square has
benefited from some of the empty commercial
units now becoming occupied.
                          STALLED/UNFINISHED SCHEMES
        L1, The Strand – Windsor Development (Liverpool) Ltd in administration

                                             Probably Liverpool’s most high profile “problem
                                             site” owing to its strategic location at the corner of
                                             Baltic Triangle and facing The Strand/Albert Dock.
                                             After the collapse of Windsor Developments
                                             (Liverpool) Ltd the site was marketed without
                                             great success and its future seemed bleak.

                                             Liverpool based Neptune Developments have
                                             recently announced plans to redevelop the site
                                             into a £45million mixed use scheme comprising
                                             service/rental apartments, a 4 star hotel and a
                                             further commercial building.

         Herculaneum Quay, Riverside Drive – Herculaneum Developments Ltd

The residential tower scheme is located
fronting the river adjacent to Brunswick
Business Park and was to provide over 100
apartments with views across the river and
city. The collapse of the contractor has left the
future of the project and the site in the balance
(and in the hands of the bank).

Knight Frank had agreed a sale but this then
fell through with the site having been placed
into an Allsop auction on October 27th 2011 in
London but then subsequently withdrawn. We
await developments.
                           POTENTIAL/FUTURE SCHEMES
          Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 – Harcourt Developments

                                             The announcement that one of Liverpool’s most
                                             famous and well known landmarks will finally be
                                             developed was made in November 2011,
                                             hopefully bringing an end many years of false
                                             dawns and uncertainty.

                                             Irish based Harcourt Developments (developers
                                             behind Titanic museum in Belfast) are to
                                             undertake a £50milllion redevelopment of the
                                             site (including the famous Tobacco Warehouse)
                                             into apartments, shops, bars, restaurants and a
                                             hotel. The scheme will benefit from a £25million
                                             investment, courtesy of the regional growth fund.

              Queens Dock, Chaloner Street, Liverpool, L3 – Investec/Vinci

Exciting news recently with the announcement
by Investec Bank to develop the Queens Dock
site (adjoining Leo’s Casino) in a JV with Vinci

The proposed development will comprises 13
and 15 storey high towers housing a total of
192 apartments in addition to 100 car parking
spaces. The site had previously benefitted
from planning permission for a 22 storey tower
which was never implemented.

          Central Village, Bold Street/Central Station, L1 – Merepark/Ballymore

                                               This exciting mixed use scheme is now on site
                                               having secured planning consent and a whole
                                               raft of commercial sign ups including
                                               Millennium & Copthorne, Q Park, Costa, Brew,
                                               Drome and Animal. More recently Odeon,
                                               Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito’s, Cosmo and
                                               Prezzo have agreed terms.

                                               A new application to amend the residential
                                               element of the scheme has been approved
                                               retaining two towers of 217 apartments. The
                                               apartments comprise a selection of studio, 1 &
                                               2 beds offering stunning views across the city.
              Liverpool Waters, Central Docks, Liverpool – Peel Holdings

Peel Holdings proposed £5billion Liverpool
Waters scheme occupies 150 acres of prime
waterfront to the North of the Three Graces and
promises to transform this redundant area of
docklands into a vibrant mixed use scheme.

After many years of planning, discussions and
changes (to appease English Heritage) the
scheme finally obtained planning permission in
March 2012. Although good news, the scheme is
still potentially threatened by the prospect of
being called in by the government and a public
enquiry. Peel has announced their intention to
“walk away” from the scheme if this happens.
The first quarter of the year is not normally the most eventful three months but there has been
a fair amount of activity in various parts of the market.

Repossessions in sales is a worrying trend but on its own is not the end of the world as long
as other banks/lenders don’t start to panic and offload their underperforming residential loan
books through fear of price erosion. There is no doubt it will continue to depress prices and
restrict any future growth in prices and “normal” selling and buying activity.

The student pod/room sales/development market could not be any busier with numerous
developments looking to take advantage of strong investor demand from overseas
(particularly the Far/Middle East) and UK buyers. There are concerns from some quarters of a
potential oversupply and we do not wholly disagree. As with any market there will be winners
and losers and location/quality of the scheme and experience of the developer will be of
paramount importance. Certainly the continued strong demand from students for places at the
universities bodes well for the future.

Alan Bevan
Managing Director
City Residential
APRIL 2012
0151 231 6100
07970 498187

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